Half Dome cables are down for 2015

Unless you are on top hiding…..the summer Half Dome season is over. To my knowledge there were  no serious accidents off the cables. More important – no deaths.

There have only been 3 since the cables were erected in 1919…two of those were weather related….hail/cold/wet/lightning.

Yes, it’s in the wilderness, so you can still go up with the cables just laying down. Not a good idea.  A woman died in Nov 2006 and one in April 2007 doing this. Just wait. The lottery is in March.

Stay tuned here – I write year round.

Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “You know that it would be untrue. You know that I would be a liar, if I was to say to you ‘Girl, we couldn’t get much higher.'” –
The Doors

Read “One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome

About Mr Half Dome - Rick Deutsch

Mr Half Dome. Has written the only half dome hiking guide, One Best Hike: Yosemite's Half Dome. Has hiked it 31 times to day. Lives in San Jose, CA Available for presentations. Carpe Diem Experience, LLC
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3 Responses to Half Dome cables are down for 2015

  1. Kim Johnson says:

    Sounds good, thanks for your help! We’ll work on the guard! 🙂

  2. Kim Johnson says:

    Rick,
    We are going to attempt Half Dome and the Clouds Rest as a 28-32 hour backpacking trip from Happy Isles while the cables are down and the forecast looks dry. Any spots in particular you would recommend camping in between half dome and clouds rest?

    • Not really – you’re in the wilderness…so go for it. Wherever rings your bell. May be hard to find a level spot. Tank up on water at the Merced enroute…it gets thin thereafter. Just get 100 ft off the trail. Bring bear canisters…they are active in that stretch. When you get to the Half Dome trail split…you may be tempted to stash your packs for the 2 mile run up to the cables….BUT bears hide behind trees and wait for you to go then rip in. Really. Decision – to risk it or haul your 30 lbs all the way up. ugh. Hire a kid to guard them :>)

      Use the Little Spring to tank up — about a mile from the top. In my book I tell you exactly where it is… a spring that always drips. Don’t expect much. 2 inches deep. Filter.

      One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome…Amazon.

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